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A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year · Kid's Indie Next List · Featured in Today Show’s AAPI Heritage Month list · A Kirkus Children's Best Book of 2021 · A National Council of Teachers of English Notable Verse Novel · Jane Addams 2022 Children’s Book Award Finalist · 2021 Nerdy Award Winner · Muslim Bookstagram Award Winner for Best Middle School Book
For fans of Other Words for Home and Front Desk, this powerful, charming immigration story follows a girl who moves from Karachi, Pakistan, to Peachtree City, Georgia, and must find her footing in a new world. Reem Faruqi is the ALA Notable author of award-winning Lailah's Lunchbox.
"A lyrical coming of age story exploring family, immigration, and most of all belonging.” —Aisha Saeed, New York Times bestselling author of Amal Unbound
“This empowering story will resonate with people who have struggled to both fit in and stay true to themselves.” —Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor author of The Night Diary
“A gorgeously written story, filled with warmth and depth." —Hena Khan, author of Amina’s Voice
When her family moves from Pakistan to Peachtree City, all Nurah wants is to blend in, yet she stands out for all the wrong reasons. Nurah’s accent, floral-print kurtas, and tea-colored skin make her feel excluded, until she meets Stahr at swimming tryouts.
And in the water Nurah doesn’t want to blend in. She wants to win medals like her star athlete brother, Owais—who is going through struggles of his own in the U.S. Yet when sibling rivalry gets in the way, she makes a split-second decision of betrayal that changes their fates.
Ultimately Nurah slowly gains confidence in the form of strong swimming arms, and also gains the courage to stand up to bullies, fight for what she believes in, and find her place.
From School Library Journal
“Younger readers, will easily identify or empathize with Nurah as she navigates the tricky art of fitting in while being true to herself.” -- Booklist
“Faruqi’s graceful verses shine…as the challenges and successes of each member impact the entire household… Faruqi offers glimpses of her real-life source material, including her family’s experiences as Muslim immigrants in September, 2001.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"This is an insightful and moving narrative that tackles a wide range of salient topics, including ableism, bullying, assimilation, colorism, racial profiling, friendship, miscarriage, and domestic abuse…crafting an unapologetic and authentic look at what it means to grow up Pakistani and Muslim in America…A thought-provoking and engaging coming-of-age story." -- School Library Journal
“Nurah’s coming-of-age story will inspire readers to step into their own light.” -- Horn Book Magazine
“Unsettled is the heartfelt story of Nurah, a girl uprooted from Pakistan who must replant herself when her family moves to the United States. Told in beautiful, accessible verse, this is a book about family missed and friendship found, of making mistakes, speaking up, and learning to flourish in the soil of a new home.” -- Rajani LaRocca, author of Midsummer’s Mayhem; Red, White, and Whole; and Much Ado About Baseball
“With poetic precision, Faruqi tells the moving tale of Nurah and her family as they move from Karachi, Pakistan to Peachtree City, Georgia. This empowering story will not only resonate with those who have emigrated from South Asia, but with all young people who have struggled to both fit in and stay true to themselves.” -- Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor author of The Night Diary
“A gorgeously written story, filled with warmth, depth, and an insightful exploration of a young immigrant adjusting to a new home and putting down roots. I loved getting to know Nurah’s kind heart and witnessing her grow stronger and more confident, while never forgetting who she is.” -- Hena Khan, author of Amina’s Voice
"A lyrical coming of age story exploring family, immigration, and most of all belonging. Nurah is a compelling main character who I was rooting for all the way through." -- Aisha Saeed, New York Times bestselling author of Amal Unbound --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08FKC4Q4X
- Publisher : HarperCollins (May 11, 2021)
- Publication date : May 11, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 8320 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0063044706
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #308,743 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is such an important book for kids and adults to read, because it is a slice of one life, within a big diverse Muslim diaspora. My Muslim immigrant experience was different from Nurahs and author Reem’s, and this intimate view is what the world needs for true compassion and empathy. I don’t wear the hijab, but I loved the storyline showing how her hijab was a part of her blossoming. I highly recommend this book!